Ratan works as an Operations Assistant at Yukonstruct, helping out members at the front desk with any queries they may have. He was volunteering as a part of the Yukon University Student Union, and he heard about the job opening at Yukonstruct. So, being someone who always wanted to see what happens inside the BIG Northlight Innovation building, he came to apply for the job, and the next thing he knew, he received an email for an interview.
Why did you join Yukonstruct?
It was my inner voice that made me join the team. The day Torey gave me a tour of the facility, I knew I had to be a part of this wonderful team, and here I am, two years with the team.
What do you like most about Yukonstruct being up and running?
The facilities, the experience, and the opportunity to learn new skills – two years ago, I had zero experience with woodworking. However, observing the members and understanding the use of all the machines, as well as the different steps involved in working with wood, I was able to create my first cutting board, which I gifted to my Mom when I went home last year.
Why should people become YuKonstruct members?
Yukonstruct is not just about being in a building; it’s about being part of a family where you can meet new people, share new ideas, and socialize.
What do you like to make?
I love creating various wood artworks, such as cutting boards and coasters, but my personal favorite is photo etching. I use the Laser Cutter to etch real photos onto wood, which is a technique I find particularly enjoyable.
What has been your favorite project so far?
My favorite project is the one I recently made with my Dad, an Indian board game called Carrom Board. It was a significant learning experience for me as it was my first project involving the use of CNC and epoxy.
What do you want to build at Yukonstruct?
My next project in mind is to create a modern-style chessboard using epoxy and LED lights to add a unique and contemporary touch to it.
What advice do you have for other makers in the Yukon?
My advice would be not to afraid when it comes to sharing your ideas and asking other members for help with your projects. Everyone at the space is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need support.
What inspires you to make things?
The feeling of satisfaction and joy that you get after finishing a project. As well as others appreciating your work.
Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt proud of?
The first ever woodwork was a poster frame from my canvas poster that I only used scrap for and it still looked awesome.
When you aren’t making things, what other interests take up your time?
I am mostly working but when I am not you can see me outdoors hiking, canoeing, camping, skiing, and any other fun outdoor activities.
We all agree that you are mostly working, Ratan! We’re looking forward to seeing your pictures while skiing this winter!